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Blotched Emerald
Comibaena bajularia

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 1667 / 70.300

Morley's Final Catalogue: Distinctly local, but occurring somewhat freely in most of our larger oak-woods, by beating and at light, in July. Bentley Woods (Ml, Mly, Hkg who took five males on 5 July 1894); Ipswich, Needham, Stowmarket, Fornham, &c. Waldringfield, Henham, Easton Bavents.

Recent Suffolk Status: Fairly common across the county with more records in the south-east.

Life history: Single brooded in the summer. Very occasional autumn records in recent years, normally of very small individuals.
Larvae disguise themselves with pieces of dead leaf attached with silk.

Identification: Unmistakeable, the only emerald with blotches on the wings.

Habitat: Mainly established woodland and wooded heathland sites with mature Oaks.

Recorded in 41 (71%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1894.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
21/09/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
28/07/2023+25TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
08/07/2023125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
08/07/2023+25TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
03/07/2023125TM38 - Bungay/Rumburgh
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Forewing: 14-17mm.
Flight: One generation. June-July.
Foodplant:   Pedunculate Oak Sessile Oak
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2024. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024
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